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To John Murray   [after 1 July 1870]

Summary

Wants to keep "The origin of man" as first part of title of book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray; John Murray
Date:  [after 1 July 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7050

From John Murray Jr   15 September 1874

Summary

Sends CD a statement of number of thousands of copies printed thus far [by Murray’s] of: Journal of researches (12), Origin (13), Descent (10), and Expression (9).

Author:  John Murray, Jr; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 440
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9639

From R. F. Cooke   29 May 1875

Summary

Asks whether enclosure [missing] has the correct title of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 454
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10001

From R. F. Cooke   26 June 1875

Summary

Sends first copy of Insectivorous plants to CD. Price must be 15s.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 455
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10031

To R. F. Cooke   27 June [1875]

Summary

Sorry to hear price of 15s [for Insectivorous plants]. Asks that JM consider 14s. Fears small sale at 15s. It is his fault – he never can help making his books too big.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray, Publishers
Date:  27 June [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 336–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10032

From R. F. Cooke   28 June 1875

Summary

Agrees to price Insectivorous plants at 14s.

Has CD quoted a price for stereotype plates to D. Appleton?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 June 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 458
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10034

To R. F. Cooke   29 June [1875]

Summary

Mentioned to Appleton only that stereotypes [for Insectivorous plants] would be provided for "a little above cost price". Glad the price of the book will be 14s. He likes making money, but cares more for wider distribution of his books. Is uneasy about sale of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 June [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 334–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10035

From R. F. Cooke   3 July 1875

Summary

CD’s pessimistic view [of prospective sale of Insectivorous plants] is to blame for the small printing. Murray’s printed only 1250 copies and sold 1700. A thousand more have been ordered.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 456
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10040

To R. F. Cooke   4 July [1875]

Summary

Very glad about sales [of Insectivorous plants]. CD had hard work to persuade Murray to increase printing to 1250 copies, but owns he thought that number would last for eternity. U. S. publication and French, German, and Russian translations in the offing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  4 July [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 332–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10041

From R. F. Cooke   16 July 1875

Summary

The second printing of 1000 copies [of Insectivorous plants] has sold out. Will print 750 more [3000 in all]. Mudie’s Library and Simpkin & Co. have ordered more copies.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 457
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10071

From R. F. Cooke   29 July 1875

Summary

Sends CD specimen pages, with two different type spacings, for Climbing plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 459
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10100

From R. F. Cooke   31 July 1875

Summary

RC will confer with printer about type, etc., for reprint of Variation.

Only 250 copies remain of [2d ed. of] Descent – will print 1000 more for annual sale.

Expression does not move.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 460
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10105

From R. F. Cooke   3 August 1875

Summary

Murray is willing to make same arrangement with D. Appleton for Climbing plants as for Insectivorous plants.

There will be no difficulty about corrections for reprint of Descent, providing new matter fills same space as old.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 461
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10107

From R. F. Cooke   6 August 1875

Summary

Giovanni Canestrini should be reminded that before any plates for another of CD’s books can be sent, payment must be made for those already sent.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 462
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10109

From R. F. Cooke   9 August 1875

Summary

Sends papers concerned with [copyright?] registration for French and German editions [of Insectivorous plants].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 463
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10112

From R. F. Cooke   10 August 1875

Summary

Encloses specimens of type for Variation [2d ed.].

Thinks Climbing plants [2d ed.] had better be kept in type; 1500 copies to be printed, with stereotypes to be made for Appleton.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 464
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10113

From R. F. Cooke   12 August 1875

Summary

It would be an advantage to start printing vol. 1 of Variation [2d ed.] at once, if CD can release it. Knotty problem: the number of copies to be printed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 465
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10116

From R. F. Cooke   27 August 1875

Summary

The two volumes of Variation [2d ed.] are unequal in size. Can CD reduce vol. 2 and increase vol. 1?

Does CD wish to publish Climbing plants [2d ed.] at once?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 466
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10135

To R. F. Cooke   29 August [1875]

Summary

On publishing details of Variation [2d ed.].

CD mortified and annoyed to hear that RC has complained to Messrs Clowes of the extra expense because proofs for Climbing plants were put on wider paper at CD’s request.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 Aug [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 330–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10138

From R. F. Cooke   30 August 1875

Summary

Apologises for the annoyance caused about the size of proof paper. Clears up misunderstanding. As for Climbing plants, RC thinks no less than 1500 copies of a book by CD should be printed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 468
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10139
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